The Sketchbook from the 13th Century

Villard de Honnecourt was a French man, who had a passion for drawing. He is still known to the World because his sketchbook survived. It includes around 250 drawings of many different subject matters. Many sketches show buildings, such as the Laon Cathedral in Paris. While past researchers concluded he was an architect, but more recent opinion is that he had …

The first known author

Enheduanna is considered by historians to be the first author who is known by name.

The Steer Wrestler who made John Wayne a cowboy

Enos Edward Canutt (called Yakima) was born near Colfax, Washington, USA in 1895. At age 11 he broke in his first wild bronco and several years later he was already a sensation at rodeos all over the country. During World War 1, he broke in broncos for the French army. After the war, he got invited to Hollywood and started …

The Horns of Moses

Take a close look at Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses in Rome and you will notice two strange protrusions on his head: horns. Some historians credit a mistranslation of ancient texts for the common practice in the 16th and 17th century of depicting Moses with horns, but closer analysis reveals this may not be the case.